San francisco restaurants

San Francisco’s 38 Must-Try Restaurants, January 2013

It’s time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question starting with “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group spans the entire city, covers a myriad of cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your dining needs. Every few months, we add relevant restaurants that have been missed, are newly eligible (restaurants must be open for at least six months), or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind that this list is presented without particular order.

This time around, after much thought and consideration of emails and reader feedback, we’re dropping a few great restaurants that have had long runs on Eater 38: Commonwealth, Dosa on Fillmore, and Contigo. Their spaces are filled with exceptional burger staples Super Duperexciting innovator of Asian cuisine Namu Gajiand the only restaurant filling a new niche in tabletop Mexican cuisine, tacolicious. Bouche is also absent due to the loss of chef Nico Borzee, and Ichi Sushi is lit, to serve some of the best sushi in town, in a very unique way to San Francisco. Finally, we say goodbye to Park Tavern, because Sea Bass Toast must be here: its recent slew of groundbreaking European chefs and delicious Eastern European menus prove it’s still ahead of the curve, even after nearly seven years in business.

Rather than a four-step meltdown after excluding your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn’t it be more productive to simply propose it for inclusion?

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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.